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donald, looking over his shoulder, when Ronald lifted up his head, and noticed the stop which Ronald put looked behind him at the door, he to the pike-men; but turning his saw his companion Alexander Machand, the man who happened to be donald, he cut away the arrow that before him, let fly an arrow at him, stuck in his cheek, restored his which went through his cheek, and speech which the arrow deprived partly out at the other ; he lost him off. It may be easily conjechis durch, his bow proved useless, tured that the rest of the king's army. he then threw away his gun, and put was not idle all this time, the brave his hand to his sword, (his left hold. warlike Marquis of Montrose, and ing the shield, being stretched out the gallant hero Lord Gordon and to defend himself against the pikes); his followers, the brave hardy clan but it would not draw, the cross hilt Macdonald, and the equally brave tirled about; he tried it again, but and hardy tribe of Clan-Ronald; it would not come; he tried it at the they all fought like true heroes, third taking, the shield hand to hold without the least fear of strokes or the sheath, and succeeded; but shot. Montrose stood upon a high while he was thus employed, five eminence beholding the battle, and
pikes pierced his breast, but were perceiving the dangerous situation · not an inch deep. Seeing his breast of Alexander Macdonald, and how
pierced, and his cheeks wounded, he had so wonderfully extricated and several pikes stuck into his himself, called out to his men to enshield, he set his back to the wall to courage them, telling them what a examine his wounds, and made a shame it would be, if, by the exershift to gain the door; the pikemen tions of one man, the victory should being hard put to at that moment, be obtained, and carry the laurel did not come any more upon him, away from us, for he saw that Macexcept one man whose pike was not donald had routed all who were opcut off, and who thought to have posed to him. struck him. Ronald was in the mean Meantime he called to him to come time listening to Alexander Mac- to the assistance of the rest; which donald talking to the Gordons, ob- he immediately did, and advancing serving of how little service they with his victorious band, he charged were to him to relieve him from the them so briskly, that in a short time situation he was in, and happening both the horse and foot of the enemy to come to the door of the enclo- began to give way, the horse being sure, which he thought of gaining, driven among the foot put them into he gave a spring away from the confusion. Then Alexander Macpikeman, turned his back upon him, donald went to take his men out of and his face to the door, the pike- the enclosure with the royal stanman still following him, until he dard) as many of them as were alive bowed his head under it; Alexander or could come out, for he left sevenMacdonald happening to be at hand teen wounded gentlemen within who watching his motions, gave the pike- could not come out, besides those man a stroke in the neck, and struck who were killed. After he got his off his head, which hit upon Ronald's men out, he set upon the enemy uphoughs; the head fell in the inclo- on one side and Montrose on the sure, and the body in the door; other, in such a way that the Laird
of Lawers's men fell fast in their they came in sight of each other, ranks, and those of the men of Lewis they were equally keen to engage ; . along with them, who fled to the part of the Macphersons were sent town of Inverness. Seaforth hardly against a scout, but a reinforcement escaped upon horseback, after losing was sent by the covenanters to ophis men and his honour. Many were pose them. One of the covenanters the warlike feats performed that day said to their own men, that it was by the Macdonalds and Gordons, the custom of the enemy to begin many were the wounds given and re- the attack, “ let them not do so toceived by them, in so much that day, attack you them first briskly and Montrose said after the battle, that courageously.” One of the king's he himself saw the greatest feats per army, Lord Gordon, said to his men, formed, and the greatest slaughter “let none of you be afraid, I shall ever he saw made before, by a couple bring Baillie by the neck from among of men, namely, Nathaniel Gordon, his army." The two armies engaged and Ronald Og Macdonald son of with equal ardour and animosity, Alexander* son of Alexander son of (after the scouts and the MacpherAngus Uaibhrach, and likewise by sons began the attack) they fired at Lord Gordon himself and other each other, when an unlucky shot three.
hit Lord Gordon, while he was The battle was fought in summer seizing General Baillie by the sword 1645.
belt; by this time the battle became The army rested for some time general ; while they were thus keenafter the above battle in the Earl of ly engaged, the foot could not ad. Marshal's lands, he being a cove. vance for the raging of the horse. nanter.
Alexander son of Ronald son of Alexander Macdonald went to the Allan, (for he and Ronald Og son Highlands to bring Maclean and of Mac vic Alister commanded the John Muideartach. Meantime, the clan Ronald) said he himself, stood council of Scotland raised an army, with his drawn sword, not knowing commanded by General Baillie, ac, how to strike a stroke, as he knew companied by Argyle; and hearing not a friend from a foe by the conthat Macdonald was on the west fusion they were in, until the brave coast, they thought of surprising active Major Leith called to the Montrose while his men were dis horse to separate from the foot, persed, and so it happened, they met which they immediately did, and at Alford, namely, General Baillie every man was at liberty to use his and Argyle, with the council of hand and blade as best suited him, Scotland's army, which were very and the covenanters were not allownumerous. Montrose, who command. ed to advance any further, but were ed the royal army, had only the Lord totally routed and pursued, and the Gordon with his excellent cavalry, rage of the victors for the death of and Angus Mac vic Alister, Laird Lord Gordon caused a great slaughof Glengary, part of Clanronald's ter of the covenanters, the men being men, the Macphersons of Badenoch, so bent upon revenging the death of and part of the Athole men. When such a brave hero; for not a man
i. e. Glengary.
turned from the chase until the trý; but John Muidartach, would whole disappeared. The Laird of never allow such practices either to Glengary pursued Argyle until his his men or to any other in the Isles horse failed him, which was the only or neighbourhood. Hence this spoil thing that saved Argyle, for he chan. which was taken from the Earl of ged his horse three times. · Marshal's lands of the Mearns and
Sir Alexa der Macdonald came Angus supplied the camp during the from the west coast with a great num- whole summer. ber of men to join the king's army, When driving off the spoil from viz John Muidartach, with a band the Mearns, an honourable old man of good young men of his own coun- met them, who told them many try and kin, and Donald his son along things, and among the rest, that the with them; and the clan Maclean Mearns had not been spoiled since from Mull, the Stewarts of Appin, the Donald Lord of the Isles spoiled it, clan Macgregor, and others. When when he fought the battle of Harlau they reached Montrose's camp they against Duke Murdoch ; " and I supwere joyfully received, and made pose, young gentleman, that you are heartily welcome by him and all the descended of him, if you be the caprest, when each clan were placed by tain of Clapronald.” About this time themselves in proper order. One of the council of Scotland met, and obJohn Muidartach's company, namely, served, that it was a great shame to Donald Macdonald Niameratach (a them to allow a small party of Highyouth of twenty years of age) gave landers to harass the kingdom. They his friend a good soldier, some af- therefore collected the whole forces front, which came to the general and of the nation, at least as many as major-general's ears. The major- were in arms, and sent them against gentral, Sir Alexander Macdonald, Montrose and his Highlanders. This then observed, that Montrose had great army, with all their great men said, that the captain of Clanronald and officers, contained some thouhad brought a great addition to the sands of seamen who never fought on camp without taking any spoil to land before. When the small army maintain them. Alexander answer of Highlanders and others of the ed that he did, and rose up immedi- king's side knew that, they thought ately from the general's tent, and said of avoiding them as carefully as they to Donald his son, who was at the could, by retreating from place to head of the men,“ Rise, prepare your place in the best order their situation med, go and bring a spoil to the king's required. camp; take none with you but your When the king's army arrived at own men; be ready to-morrow morn- the wood of Methven, in their retreat ing, and go only to the place point. from the greatest army they ever saw, ed out to you.” Donald having re- closely pursuing them ; John Muidceived his orders, set out in the morn- artach's son happened to be in the ing, and soon returned with a great rear, the major-general being at his spoil, which pleased Montrose and post along with him, constantly skirthe rest of the army; for Donald and mishing with the enemy: a gallant his men brought the greatest spoil horseman came out before the rest of any. Some who raised a spoil with his men, and endeavoured to carried it away to their own coun- stop their march at every ford or pass they came to; his name was Cornel; would be much better for them to he was a distinguished officer, and fight, although attended with danthought to be the principal cham-, ger, than to be constantly retreating pion of Scotland; he took three or before the enemy day and night. four of our baggage horses. Angus Upon which Montrose sent a trumthe son of Allan Du, being the hind. peter to the enemy to inform them, most of his party, was riding upon that he was ready to give them bathorseback without either saddle or tle, upon which they gave a great pilleon, with a long gun tied before shout for joy, and immediately went him ; but had not been accustomed in order of battle; they placed three to fight upon horseback; he eyed this thousand musket and pikernen in bold warrior; lighted off his horse; three divisions in the front, and set his gun upon a large stone, and eleven thousand in battalions behind shot the hero of the red apparel, these. It may be easily supposed; who fell under his horse's feet, with what a hardship it was for such a all his silver, crape, and finery; his small army of royalists, consisting men gave a sorrowful cry when they only of four thousand foot, and five saw their principal hero fall. The hundred horse, to encounter them, enemy did not molest them any bare-footed, with their shirt tails tied more that day, nor the day follow. between their legs, the cavalry haing; but the retreat continued, Mon ving their shirts above their gartrose endeavouring to weary them. ments. This brave heroic band out in that manner, and to oblige marched to the attack in the face of part of their army to separate from the enemy's cannon and musketry, the main body, in hope that he would with great courage and caution. The in that event be enabled to give attack was begun by an excellent them battle, for his men were much Irish and Scottish regiment of Gaels; fatigued, and in want of victuals and Major Lauchlan going before them sleep. Coming at night to Kilsyth, directed by Sir Alexander Macdoafter a night march, they encamped nald ; other two regiments were orin the adjacent hills; but upon the dered to their relief, namely, Mac- morning of the next day, they per lean's and Donald, the son of John ceived the great army of the cove. Muidartach's gallant regiments; but nanters in pursuit of them. Here Maclean's men were nearer the enethe royal army had no other choice, my, and were sooner in order than but either to break up their camp Claoronald. When Major Lauchlan without flesh or bread to eat, or fight was hard put to, Sir Alexander Macthat great army. Upon which they donald sent him immediate relief; immediately called a council of all but there happened to arise some the great men and officers to con- difference between Donald the son sult ahout their safety, whether they of John Muidartach, and Donald were still to retreat or fight the great son of Hector Og son of Gileon, army that was in pursuit of them. (ie. Maclean) about precedency; Montrose requested to have the opi. meantime, the clan Ronald made nion of the common soldiers and the their way to the attack through the whole army, which was immediately Macleans. Donald's men, and Pa. complied with; and the common sol- trick Caoch Magregor's men, made diers gave it as their opinion, that it but one regiment; they gained the
trenches, and Donald was the first immediately; they both agreed that man that leaped over them ; his men Montrose should go abroad to solicit followed, and by the rushing on of assistance from foreign powers, in the rest of the army who followed order to relieve the king. After the clan Ronald, the great army of Montrose returned from abroad, he the covenanters were routed; they was dishonourably destroyed by the continued a great part of the day covenanters, together with the Marpursuing the enemy. After the bat. quis of Huntly, and many other great tle of Kilsyth they encamped at Ha- men of the king's loyal subjects. A milton, and the keys of the great good many of the gentry of the isles castle were sent to us from Edin- flocked in to the Earl of Antrim, burgh, and all Scotland submitted such as the Macleans and the clan to us. What induced me to write Ronald, intending to set an army on this much was, that those who have foot for the king; meantime the Earl written upon these wars have taken of Antrim received an order from little or no notice of the Gael, (the the king to disband the army, for he Highlanders,) who were the princi- was then in the hands of his enemies, pal actors in it, and did all that was the parliament of England and Scotdone on the king's side. After the land, who wrought to one another's battle of Kilsyth, Montrose marched hands against him. The Earl of with part of the army to the south, Antrim disbanded the army, and intending to go to England to re. went back to Ireland. Alexander lieve the king, who was sorely press- Macdonald remained in Cantyre, in ed by the English; but he was de- Dunaverty, * a strong fort, and in feated at Philiphaugh, and had it not Isla. The rest of the Gael went in his power to assist the king. home to protect their own country.
Sir Alexander Macdonald went Sir David Lesly came unexpectedly from the camp at Hamilton to Can- upon those in Cantyre and Isla, withtyre, which he cleared of the enemy, out their having the least suspicion the Campbells, and drove them out of their being in that country, or in of it, and took in Dunaverty as a that part of the kingdom, until they place of strength. Donald, son of came to Larg, where Sir Alexander John of Muidart, went home. Mon- and his men were spread over the trose, after the battle of Philiphaugh, country, where they were totally came with his small party to the routed. north, and remained in it for some Young Ronald son of Alexan. time. John Muidartach and his son der son of Angus Uaibrach, was went to Isla with their men, and taken prisoner, and put to death at drove away all the Campbells from Inverary † with 300 others, by Ar
eyle's covenanters, some time there. About this time the Earl of An- after. Alexander escaped to Ire. trim came to Cantyre, in order to land, where he was killed at Knoc an take the army over to Ireland; he Dos, with many more of the Macsent for Montrose who came to him donalds, in that battle fought against
* (Dunaverty) which was taken by Argyle and Lesly, and all who were in it butchered, and their bodies thrown over the rock into the sea.
f. With 300 others, by Argyle's covenanters. See Bp. Guthrie, &c.- Orig. Noles,